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What You Need to Know about Flying Air Choice One Airlines

If you’re considering flying on Air Choice One Airlines or any other small, regional airline, here’s what you’ll need to know before your trip!What you need to know about flying Air Choice One Airlines

I recently had the experience of flying to Chicago with the North Iowa Bloggers courtesy of the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and Air Choice One Regional Airlines. My husband is actually a private pilot, and in our previous life before children, we used to fly in little two seater Cessnas quite often. We lived in Okinawa, Japan when he got his license and enjoyed island hopping, whale watching from the air, and once we even went camping via airplane with two awesome friends of ours.

Mississippi River from the Air onboard an Air Choice One Airlines flight

The Mississippi River From the Air

I loved the views from the plane so much – it’s pretty amazing to see where you live from the air. I enjoyed looking out for the Mississippi River on our trip to Chicago. Some other bloggers on our trip were even able to find their homes! I tell you what though. Having kids turned me into the biggest weeny there is regarding all things potentially scary and / or dangerous. I’m not sure what happened, but I used to love reading Stephen King. Not anymore. I used to love watching Law & Order. Not anymore. And I even used to love flying. Not anymore – not on little planes. Not on big planes. Not really on any plane… I always feel like I’ve cheated death when I finally land, even though I know that driving is statistically more dangerous than flying.
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Buddy Holly Crash Site Directions in Clear Lake, Iowa

Are you looking for Buddy Holly Crash Site Directions? Located at 22728 Gull Avenue Clear Lake, Iowa, off a gravel road and in the middle of corn fields, you’ll find the Buddy Holly Crash Site, a memorial that marks the spot where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.

Buddy Holly Crash Site in Clear Lake, Iowa

Buddy Holly Crash Site Directions from Clear Lake, Iowa

I decided to check out this memorial after a recent trip with the North Iowa Bloggers to Chicago. Once our plane landed safely at the Mason City Airport, the same airport that Ritchie Valens’ plane took off from, I googled up the address and drove the 15 minutes to the shrine.

The Buddy Holly Crash Site Address

22728 Gull Avenue in Clear Lake, Iowa

But you’ll need more than the address to find the spot so keep reading for insider info on finding the post where the ill fated plan went down in 1959.

To get to the Buddy Holly Crash Site from Clear Lake, Iowa, you have two choices. You can hop on I-35 and head north, or you can head north on North 8th Street (which turns into Grouse Avenue). If you take I-35, exit on 300th street and head West, then turn North on Grouse Ave.

Buddy Holly Crash Site, Clear Lake Iowa

You’re looking for 310th Street off Grouse, a gravel road that jogs to the right. Turn on 310th Street, then turn North on Gull Avenue. Now start looking for the glasses that will be on the left side of the road. They’re easy to miss, as they aren’t that big!

I knew to look for these glasses – which you’d think would have been pretty obvious, yet I still missed the spot and had to turn around. When I saw the pictures of the glasses on the internet I thought they were much bigger and taller than they actually are.

Side of the road at the Buddy Holly Crash Site
Park your car on the side of the road and get out by the glasses. Now you start walking through the fields! The only reason I started walking was because Sara from Travel with Sara told me I’d have to walk quite a ways down the field to see the actual memorial site. Nothing near the glasses indicated I needed to walk or even where I was. I texted my husband a picture of my car on the side of the gravel road and joked with them that I was at the Buddy Holly Crash Site in case I didn’t return. It was a bit of a hike down a worn path to get to the actual crash site and memorial and a couple times before I got to the shrine, I thought about turning around!

Buddy Holly Crash Site Shrine

This is what I found at the memorial: guitar picks, quarters, a cigarette, and a small shrine honoring the three musicians who lost their lives that cold, fateful day in February. According to a very interesting article by Katherine Rodeghier in the free 2016 Official Clear Lake Visitor’s Guide (which you can request here), Buddy Holly chartered the plane to take him and his band mates Waylon Jennings and Tommy Allsup to Fargo after the heat went out on their tour bus. Ritchie Valens won a coin toss with Tommy Allsup and took his seat. JP Richardson apparently had the flu, so Jennings gave him his seat. Apparently Holly and Jennings joked with each other, Holly hoping the bus would freeze up and Jennings hoping the plan would crash, a comment he said haunted him badly.

I honestly never heard the song American Pie by Don McLean until I went to college. Or if I did, I sure don’t remember. But I have vivid memories of dancing to American Pie at the college parties I frequented with my friends and this song was always a staple. After visiting the crash site shrine, I listen to this song with a different mindset. Next time you got to Clear Lake, Iowa, you’ll want to head out there too. It’s a surreal experience for sure.

Clear Lake Iowa from the air

For more things to do in Clear Lake, Iowa head over to these awesome posts!

Also, request your free visitor’s guide here!

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Have you been to Clear Lake or the Buddy Holly Crash Site? I’d love to hear. And many  thanks to the Clear Lake, Iowa Area Chamber of Commerce for organizing our trip to Chicago.